Summer Back Porch Headboard Swing

Back Porch Headboard Swing

I have always dreamed of having a back porch swing.


I think there would be nothing like sitting on your back porch, listening to some music, or reading a great book while swinging in the breeze.

It just sounded so lovely.

So, after lots of begging, my sweet hubby decided to make my dream come true.  (It’s only been 14 years people.)

Of course, I didn’t want just any swing.  

Of course.

I wanted a swing made out of one of the many headboards I had saved in the garage.  Three to be exact.

My husband did not share in my vision at first, but after showing him my headboards and explaining how I thought it would work, he finally caught on and was able to figure out a design he was happy with.

Back Porch Headboard Swing

 He took this lovely headboard and began by making a seat frame in front of it.  We angled the headboard just right so it would be comfortable.

Back Porch Headboard Swing

Next, we added some arms to the side.

Back Porch Headboard Swing

At this point I was so excited!  It took everything in me to not pull out the paint and start painting it right there!

Of course, we decided to hang it first… just in case it needed some additional tweaks.

Back Porch Headboard Swing

Hanging it was the fun part.

Not really.  It was torture.

Not only does it weigh a ton, but we had the hardest time getting the chains just right.

At one point, the hubby and I sat on it and tried to lean back on it together to make sure it was sturdy.

It wasn’t.

We both flipped completely backwards landing right on our backs.  For a second, we laid there not saying a word.  Then we bust out laughing.  Seriously… we could have won $10,000 on America’s Funniest Videos had someone caught it on video!

Back Porch Headboard Swing

Once the chains were right, I was finally able to paint it!

I chose Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg.

I just LOVE this color!  It is so calming.

In order to make the details pop, I outlined them in white.

Back Porch Headboard Swing

 Finally, I added some cushions and throw pillows for comfort.

Back Porch Headboard Swing

There it is!  My dream swing!

What do you think?  Would you use a headboard for a swing?

I must confess… my swing has actually been done for a few weeks now, but I wanted to share this post for our Summer Celebration Series that’s going on now with a few other fabulous bloggers!

If you missed it, The Wood Grain Cottage shared her DIY Garden Plant Stakes yesterday, and tomorrow, be sure to check out Bliss At Home’s Beach Specimen Art!

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My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. Oh goodness, Claire. I LOVE your porch swing!! How creative of you guys to use an old headboard and duck egg blue is the PERFECT color! Thanks so much for sharing, friend! (ps I totally laughed out loud picturing you guys flipping backwards – too funny)
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  2. Luv it!!! I too have always wanted a porch swing. But alas, never had a porch :-/
    Forgive me, but I laughed pretty hard at the mental picture of the both of you flipping back 😀 Perfect colour… perfect swing!! Enjoy.
    Hugs, Gee
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  3. It’s perfect! I love everything about it! So happy you finally got your porch swing! 🙂
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  4. This is just gorgeous and unique! I found you on Hometalk. You are so lucky to have such a handy and supportive husband. I am usually the one with the power tools at my house. When we were looking for our new house back in 2005 having a front porch so I could have a porch swing was a must! I am happy to say I got my wish. Our porch is tiny but I was able to hang a small swing in it. It is a great place to relax with a good magazine or a cup of coffee!

  5. Wow! What an amazing swing…and made with a headboard?! So cool! You’re going to have so many lovely summer nights on that swing! 🙂

  6. I love this! I wish I had room on the side deck for a swing like this. How fun! I love the color you chose.

  7. What a wonderful swing! I love porch swings, there is just something so iconic and welcoming about them.
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  8. Wow, Claire! This is fabulous!!! Love the color! No doubt you’ll enjoy many hours just swinging and enjoying a good book!~~Angela
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  9. That is gorgeous! Great imagination and execution.
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  10. I want to come and swing on this lovely piece. Thanks to your vision and hubby’s talent!

  11. Love it, pinned it!
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  12. Oh my goodness, this is stunning! I love everything about this!

  13. This is so beautiful, Claire! We have no place for one but I emailed it to my husband anyway! Great job!
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  14. Love this! It turned out great. I want one! 🙂
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  15. Ok… not sure what happened above. That was not my original message. Let me try again.:

    I love it! It turned out great! I want one.

  16. This is incredible! I have always wanted a porch swing and I love that you made this from a headboard, it is gorgeous! Beautiful job.
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  17. This looks fabulous! You did such a great job and I love the color!

    When my hubby and I made our bed we sat on it to test it out and it collapsed… I couldn’t stop laughing then… reminded me of your swing story. 🙂
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  18. Love the swing Claire. And the colors you chose for it and the accessories are so great! Glad to see your projects again 🙂
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  19. Hi Claire! Visiting from Hometalk and loving your swing! I am a vintage junkie and this just stirs my vintage heart…..it is so creative and vintage and beautiful. Love the color too! Following you via Bloglovin’ to see what else you come up with! Visit me sometime at my blog…..http://www.musingsofavintagejunkie.blogspot.com

  20. I just love this idea!! I have been dying for a porch swing for my front porch, even blogged about it, but budget wise cannot afford it right now. If I was just handy enough to pull this off I just might! The results are fantastic!!!!!
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  21. What a great idea, it’s beautiful, hope that you have many happy moments in your swing.

  22. I’m visiting from Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Friday, and I couldn’t love this more! Pinning it. 🙂

  23. WONDERFUL idea. It turned out GREAT!!!

  24. This came out gorgeous! The colors are perfect.
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  25. Your swing is fabulous! I love the blue and red combo!

  26. clever & cute! Thanks for sharing -totally pinning this for future
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  27. Your swing turned out wonderful! It was such a clever idea to use the headboard back. I am glad you both weren’t hurt by the ‘fall’, but it is too funny! Did you change the way you hung it to prevent it from flipping back again? Pinning this for future reference.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks. Links open till Friday.

  28. This is such a cute idea! I have a question about your cushions. They are MUCH thicker than any I have found. Did you use old couch cushions and cover them?

  29. Claire this is the coolest porch swing ever! I love it, so clever and unique. Great color too. You are rockin in that swing!~
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  30. I have such a weakness for benches made from headboards and porch swings. You combined them both!! LOVE. Thank you for sharing at Redoux. By the way, I came across your site on something else today, someone made a WELCOME sign that was influenced by your project. Can’t wait to take a look around here. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. -K
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  31. I love the swing! It’s so nice and roomy!
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  32. I want one!!! It is awesome, nicely done!

  33. I love this piece!

  34. Barbara Ann says:

    I could just sleep on that swing. I am short and would fit perfectly!!

  35. I love it! I also want to make one. Can you tell me the sizes and plans? You both did great!

  36. I love this swing! I have been wanting to build a porch swing for a while, but never thought to use a headboard! Such a great idea.

  37. Great job on the swing! I love the colors and it looks great on your porch! I recently made a bench out of a headboard. I am a new blogger and only blog occasionally. The headboard bench will be on there soon. I can’t wait to try the swing! Thanks for posting! http://www.before-no-more.blogspot.com

  38. This is SO charming and creative! I can’t wait to share it with my favorite projects for the Summer tomorrow at http://www.makingitinthemountains.com! Wishing you SUCH a lovely long weekend!!!

  39. Hi, I saw your idea for the porch swing a while ago and fell in love with it. I finally found a headboard and redid it with my husbands help. It turned out amazing. It makes me smile every time I see it. I just wanted to drop you a thank you for the inspiration.
    It’s the talk of the neighborhood ; )

  40. Amanda Sturkie says:

    Can anyone please answer this question; where exactly are the eyehooks at the bottom of the swing? Are they on the armrests or directly on the swing frame? This is my last step before hanging and I would like to know which is best???? PLEASE!!!!!!!!

  41. I was curious how well the swing has held up over the past few years? I am nervous about water damage and weathering of the headboard but I LOVE this swing!

    • Hi Megan! Thanks!! The swing held up great as long as it was under the roof of the patio. When we moved from the home we had originally built the swing for, we ended up putting the swing outside, under a tree. Since I didn’t use a polyurethane to protect the paint and wood, it totally ruined the headboard and the veneer started to peel. So, my suggestion would be to put it under a cover if possible. We had it under cover for three years and it was totally fine. If you’re going to have it out in the open, then I would make sure to protect it with a polyurethane, but even then, I wonder how it would hold up. I hope that helps!! Claire

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